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Expert in Psychiatry

Expert ID: 736001 Ohio, USA

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Expert has been practicing forensic psychiatry for over 10 years and is board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry. Her area of focus within the field involves high profile criminal work/ capital cases (e.g., competency to stand trial, insanity, diminished capacity, aid in sentencing/ mitigation) as well as malpractice. She has generated hundreds of forensic psychiatric reports and testified on multiple occasions. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and a member of the Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association (OPPA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL). Expert has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as presented on the local, national and international level on multiple occasions. She has worked on inpatient psychiatric units in state and federal facilities as well as in correctional institutions. She also does outpatient medication management at community mental health centers with a focus on first break psychosis. She enjoys teaching and supervising the forensic psychiatric fellows at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio.

Expert completed both her undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. In 2008, she finished her psychiatry residency at University Hospitals – Case Medical Center in Cleveland and remained there for a fellowship in forensic psychiatry, which she completed in 2009. During her residency, she received the Rappeport Fellowship from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), the Mahmoud A. Parsa Excellence in Research Award, a Resnick Scholarship from the Midwest chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and the Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2003 Degree: M.D. Subject: Institution: University of Virginia- School of Medicine
Year: 1999 Degree: Bachelor of Arts Subject: French Institution: University of Virginia
Year: 1997 Degree: 6-week summer program Subject: France for the Pre-Med Program Institution: Washington University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2020 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2016 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Full-time Staff Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Part-time Outpatient Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2012 to 2016 Employer: Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare Title: Full-time Staff Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Part-time Forensic Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2010 to 2020 Employer: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Title: Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2009 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Part-time Forensic Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2009 to 2012 Employer: Veteran's Administration Medical Center Title: Full-time Staff Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2006 to 2011 Employer: Cuyahoga County Correctional Center Title: Part-time Staff Psychiatrist Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Psychiatric Society of Virginia
Cleveland Psychiatric Society
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Raven Society (an honorary society at the University of Virginia, nomination of faculty and students based on academic achievement and community service)
American Psychiatric Association
Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association
American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Committees and Service
Member, Admissions Committee, University of Virginia School of Medicine
Member, Government Relations Committee, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association
Interviewer, Admissions Committee, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
President Elect/ President, Cleveland Psychiatric Society
Psychiatrist, First Program (a state-wide initiative that provides wrap around services to those identified as having their first psychotic episode), Lorain County, OH
Member, Rappeport Fellowship Committee, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Representative in Behavioral Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, National Curricular Guide Revisions Meeting, Chicago, IL
Program and Continuing Education Committee, Vice Chair, Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association
Licenses / Certifications
State Medical Board of Ohio 2005-Present

Board Certification
2009-present Board Certified in Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.
2011-present Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc.

Special Training
2005 Certified in ECT
2006 Licensed to prescribe Buprenorphine


Awards / Recognition
-Resident, University of Virginia Lawn (an honor bestowed on fourth year undergraduates who have both academic accomplishments and a strong record of community service)
-Leah J. Dickstein Certificate of Commendation, Association of Women Psychiatrists (an award for female medical students interested in psychiatry who have demonstrated superior academic achievement, creativity and leadership)
-Stanley Summer Scholar, Mood & Personality Disorder Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
-Resident of the Month Award, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Cleveland
-Ruth Fox Memorial Endowment Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (a monetary award to cover all expenses to attend the 38th Annual Medical-Scientific Conference and a one-year membership in ASAM), Miami, FL
-Resnick Scholarship from the Midwest chapter of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (a monetary award to defray the cost of attending the annual meeting), Chicago, IL
-Mahmoud A. Parsa Excellence in Research Award (an award given to a psychiatric resident at University Hospitals who has demonstrated a commitment to research)
-Rappeport Fellowship from the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (a monetary award to cover all expenses to attend the 38th Annual Meeting in October 2007, establishment of a preceptor in the field of forensic psychiatry and a one-year membership in AAPL), Miami, FL
-Ohio Psychiatric Physicians Association Member-in-Training Representative to American Psychiatric Association meeting (a position that was accompanied by a monetary award to attend the 161st Annual Meeting)
-Laughlin Fellowship from the American College of Psychiatrists (an award given to psychiatry residents deemed likely to make a significant contribution to the field. It includes a monetary award to cover all expenses to attend the annual meetings)
-Best Poster Presentation, “Forced Medications in the Midwest,” 9th All-Ohio Institute on Community Psychiatry
Medical / Professional
Residency
2004-2008 Resident in Psychiatry, University Hospitals – Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH

Fellowship
2008-2009 Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry, University Hospitals – Case Medical Center

Academic Lectures
Mental Health Care in Corrections, Family Medicine Interest Group, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Suicide Risk Assessment, Presentation, Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH
Violence Risk Assessment, Presentation, Case Western Reserve University Medical School, Cleveland, OH
Competency in the Elderly, Lecture, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Women, Mental Illness and Crime, Lecture, University Hospitals – Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Filicide, Lecture, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Cleveland, OH
Malingered Mental Illness, Lecture, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Correctional Psychiatry, Lecture, University of Akron Law School, Akron, OH
Forensic Psychiatry Primer, Parts I and II, Lecture, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Ethics in Forensic Psychiatry, Lecture, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Anxiety Disorders, Lecture, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Mood Disorders, Lecture, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Correctional Psychiatry, Lecture, University Hospitals, Case Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Stalking, Lecture, Case Western Reserve School of Law, Cleveland, OH
Psychotic Disorders, Lecture, Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH
Forensic Psychiatry, Monthly Medical Student Lecture, Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare, Northfield, OH
A Day in the Life: Forensic Psychiatry, Lecture, Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, OH
Publications and Patents Summary
Book Chapters: 4
Research and Review Articles: 20
Legal Analysis: 5
Other Invited Publications: 7
International Presentations: 1
National Presentations: 15
Regional Presentations: 5
Local Presentations: 21
Posters: 8

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
July, 2016 Deposition as a plaintiff’s expert in a psychiatric correctional malpractice case
June, 2017 Testified for Ohio Disability Rights in Cuyahoga County Probate Court in reference to guardianship
February, 2018 Testified for the prosecution in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in the sentencing phase of a capital case
July, 2018 Testified for the defense in Clearfield County, PA in reference to the plaintiff’s psychiatric symptoms and diagnosis
September, 2018 Testified in Richland County Common Pleas Court regarding increase in patient’s hospital privileges
June, 2019 Deposition as a defense expert in a psychiatric correctional malpractice case
November, 2019 Testified in Stark County Common Pleas Court in a hearing for Court ordered medication
January, 2020 Testified in Canton Municipal Court in a hearing for Court ordered medication
January, 2020 Testified in Richland County Common Pleas Court regarding increase in patient’s hospital privileges
March, 2020 Testified for the defense in Hays County Common Pleas Court regarding the defendant’s eligibility for the insanity defense
Training / Seminars
Teaching Experience
2002-2004 Patient Instructor, University of Virginia School of Medicine (taught diagnostic skills to 2nd year medical students)
2002-2004 Teacher, Saturday Enrichment Program, University of Virginia (interactive educational program on the cardiovascular system for 4th and 5th graders)
2005-2016 Group Facilitator, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (formal didactic program for 2nd year medical students)
-Teacher, Behavioral Medicine, Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence, OH
-Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Faculty, Department of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (supervision and teaching of forensic psychiatric fellows)

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